First up in my Valentine's Day gift guide is the beautiful Wooden Spice Box from Spice Kitchen.
My partner, Chris is very into experimenting with his food - he makes the most amazing sweet potato and carrot mash. I don't know what his secret is to give it a kick!
This gorgeous wooden box contains eight handmade spice blends using around 35 different ingredients & masala chai teabags.
The box itself is made from wood and each compartment contains a glass jar. Each jar has around 45g of spice which will keep for at least a year as long as they're kept sealed and out of sunlight. There's even a little spice spoon included.
Now down to the spices. Inside, there is:
Garam masala - containing cloves, star anise, black pepper, cinnamon, coriander seeds, cumin and ginger.
Sri Lankan curry powder - containing basmati rice, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, cassia bark, fenugreek seeds, cloves, cardamom, mustard seeds, black peppercorns, kashmiri chilli and turmeric.
Panch Phoron - containing cumin seeds, mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, nigella seeds and fennel seeds.
Mexican spice blend - containing cornflour, cumin seeds, paprika, oregano, chilli powder, garlic powder, salt, sugar, onion powder and cayenne pepper.
Jerk spice blend - containing cayenne pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, parsley, sugar, salt, paprika, all spice, black peppercorns, nutmeg and cinnamon.
Chinese spice blend - containing liquorice, star anise, cassia, Szechuan peppers, black cardamom, orange peel and cloves.
Ras El Hanout - containing cloves, mace, star anise, cayenne pepper, all spice, cardamom, black peppercorns, sugar, cinnamon, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, ginger, nutmeg, paprika, salt and turmeric.
Baharat - containing cloves, black pepper, cumin seeds, nutmeg, paprika, cardamom and cinnamon.
Also included are authentic masala chai teabags which contain a mix of the finest loose tea from Kenya and India mixed with an array of spices including cardamom, fennel and ginger.
I was given the opportunity to try some of the spices (in the form of the 10 Indian Spices set which comes in a handmade silk bag). Before I'd even opened the packaging, the smell of the spices hit you in the face which I believe is a great sign that they are of high quality. We've tried them out in a few of our dinner time meals and they do add a real kick. The garam masala is my fave!
The Wooden Spice Box would make a lovely Valentine's gift for any foodie or someone who is just new to experimenting. The Guardian recently did a post on Spice Kitchen which you can read here.
It retails at £34.95 and you can purchase it at the Spice Kitchen website.